San Francisco Wedding Venue
300 Finley Road at Arguello Gate
San Francisco, California 94129
Since 1776, the year Lieutenant Colonel Juan Bautista de Anza was dispatched to establish a garrison to protect the harbor of St. Francis, the Presidio has guarded the narrow mouth of San Francisco Bay, first for Spain, then Mexico, and finally for the United States. Then, as now, the Presidio was one big beautiful piece of California real estate. Today, its 1,500 acres of eucalyptus, cypress, pine forest, coastal wild flowers, and ocean and bay views belong not to the army, but to the National Park Service, and the 7,000-square-foot Clubhouse just inside the old Arguello Gate is a fine place to host a wide spectrum of events.
Set on a rise at the end of a stately drive, the Clubhouse has a casually refined look that makes you want to step inside. The interior, a blend of Mission-style architecture and Maybeck-inspired, landscape-friendly details, features cathedral ceilings, exposed fir beams, cherrywood trim and paneling, and a large limestone fireplace. Five French doors extend its largest dining area, the Presidio Cafe, onto a spacious wood-trellised patio with an excellent view of the final green of the Presidio’s historic 18-hole golf course. President Theodore Roosevelt reviewed the command on the Presidio Golf Links in 1903, and many a golfer of note—including TR himself, Dwight Eisenhower, Bing Crosby and Arnold Palmer—has played through on its fairways. The patio, with its verdigris tables and chairs, is perfect for any style of function from barbecue to black-tie.
Of course, the close proximity of Bentgrass greens and well-maintained parklands is a powerful lure. Party plans could easily include a bit of golf practice or a short, ranger-led walk. But more likely, guests will simply want to sit back and enjoy the fresh air and the vista—lush green lawns, pine and eucalyptus groves, the blue-roofed towers of distant USF, and the comely neighborhood mansions, all looking very low-rise from this vantage point on a gentle crest.
If those wide open vistas are a tad too distracting, the Palmer Room (named for Arnold Palmer, of course!), provides cozier quarters just right for smaller meetings, breakfasts, luncheons or dinners, and the Palmer Terrace and lawn with its garden setting and pine-curtained bay views allows celebrants once again to take the dining and good times outdoors.
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Outdoor Terrace holds up to 150, the South Lawn accommodates 220 and the Palmer Lawn holds 130 seated guests.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The Cafe holds 80 seated or 125 standing guests, the Palmer Room 40 seated or 50 standing guests, and the entire Clubhouse 130 seated or 150 standing guests. The Clubhouse and a tented outdoor terrace combined holds 200 seated.
MEETING CAPACITY: The Palmer Room accommodates up to 50 guests seated theater-style or 30 guests seated conference-style. The entire facility holds 120 seated.
For events, 50% of the estimated event total is required to reserve your date; the balance is due 10 days prior to the event. Room rental fees range from $250 for a daytime event in the Palmer Room to $4,000 for use of the Clubhouse and Tented Terrace. Lunches range $20–40/person. Dinners range $55–115/person. Tax, alcohol and a 21% service charge are additional, as is a $2/person cake-cutting fee.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: provided, no BYO
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restroom: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: provided
Bride’s Dressing Area: no
Meeting Equipment: CBA, extra charge
Parking: large lot, complimentary
Accommodations: no guest rooms‚
Telephone: emergency use only
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
View: fairways, park
Other: event coordination
Golf Course Fairways
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Golf Course/Golf Clubhouse
Alcohol: provided or corkage $15/bottle
Smoking: outside only
Music: amplified OK indoors
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: not required
BYO w/ Corkage Fee
Year-round, daily, dawn until midnight.